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Kid-friendly and nut-free Italian dish that tastes good at room temp?

A caprese salad. you can even make little skewers with tiny toothpicks. Mini grape tomatoes, little balls of fresh mozzarella, sprinkle with fresh basil and olive oil. easy peasy and very kid friendly.

Jan 22, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

why am I so bad a sauteing chicken breast? High elevation issues.

I usually use soy, sesame, mirin and some sugar. i tried with and without marinade. same tough results. i use about 2 tbsp of oil.

Jan 17, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

why am I so bad a sauteing chicken breast? High elevation issues.

I tried braising. again, i got hard pieces of chicken in sauce. I never had this problem at sea level so i'm blaming it on elevation. unless suddenly i forgot how to saute chicken. i'm going to try the baking soda method.

Jan 17, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

why am I so bad a sauteing chicken breast? High elevation issues.

the funny part is i got the baking down. aside from making candy, baking at altitude has been a easy adjustment. also, i'm more of a baker, not so much a cook.

Jan 17, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

why am I so bad a sauteing chicken breast? High elevation issues.

My family likes chicken breast cut up and stir fried. Don't tell me to get thigh (which I prefer) bc they won't eat it. When I lived at sea level none of this was an issue. Now that I'm up in 5400' elevation, I can't seem to get it right. The cut up stir fry meat comes out tough and overcooked. Well, then answer should be easy. Just don't cook it so long. Well, it's not that easy. When I take it off the pan before it's fully cooked, it's raw. I've changed pans to my iron skillet. now it's burnt and raw in the middle. any suggestions?

Jan 17, 2015
trolley in Home Cooking

The most tender cut of beef?

it's funny you say this bc this is what led us to this new cut of meat search. he loves japanese beef. he also loves wagyu that he once had a restaurant. i'm japanese and that's how i like my red meat! when we lived in los angeles, i'd just go to the japanese store and buy beef cut like this. now i'm in middle of nowhere (ok, not nowhere but outside of Denver) and there are no Japanese grocery stores. There is one store, but it's very limited. i haven't tried the korean market which there are a few here. i asked the guy at whole foods to cut beef like this and he looked at me like i landed from mars. he had no idea what i was talking about. my knifing skills just aren't up to the standard.

Jan 02, 2015
trolley in General Topics

The most tender cut of beef?

well, tenderloin it is. i'm also trying to find wagyu. i know i sound a bit off my rockers but i'm finding that if I get the best food, he eats. and eats a ton. i think a lot of kids eating issues aside from the basic kids issues is that they get fed bad food.

Jan 02, 2015
trolley in General Topics

The most tender cut of beef?

well, he's a great eater. has a wide range palate. but if something is challenging to eat such as a whole apple, he tends to give up. so cutting a big steak (which he may insist on doing by himself) may become an obstacle. he also may be starting lose his front tooth.

Dec 28, 2014
trolley in General Topics

The most tender cut of beef?

My 6 year old claims wants steak. But he's 6 with all his baby teeth. What he really wants is thinly sliced beef sauteed. What is the softest cut of beef? The guy at Whole Foods asid, NY steak. Really? I'm not too familiar with beef. Please advise. Thanks!

Dec 28, 2014
trolley in General Topics

Baking with tofu

you can get tofu, but you should try to get silken tofu in the vacuum package. then put in a blender. you can make "egg" with chia, flax. with tofu, i like to use ener-g egg replacer. the thing is, even with tofu you need something to bind it with. so for instance, tofu pumpkin pie uses a combo of pumpkin and tofu.

Dec 23, 2014
trolley in Vegetarian & Vegan

Stupid lasagna noodle question

so can I hijack your post? can I prep the no boil lasagne with the layers and all the night before?

Dec 22, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Cake problems

maybe the pan? are you at sea level? do you separate the yolk from the whites or are the eggs together and aerated?

Dec 21, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Nothing collapses as read. Boo.

yes, it shouldn't be the main default. perhaps an optional default for those on a phone or have a slow connection. Mine has always loaded just fine.

Dec 20, 2014
trolley in Site Talk
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Instructions for how to avoid reading threads page by page & viewing already read comments

THANK YOU! I was wondering what was going on. I thought I finally lost my mind for good.

Dec 18, 2014
trolley in Site Talk
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Affordable wedding catering in Los Angeles

Heirloom LA? What types of cuisines are you looking for? Can you get a taco truck? Dim sum?

Dec 15, 2014
trolley in Los Angeles Area

Can I pipe cream cheese frosting on a cupcake?

I've used the Martha Stewart recipe which is 8oz cream cheese to 8 oz butter. it's just fine. but i always add in the sugar a little at a time. only bc I prefer a not very sweet frosting. I think 1 cup of sugar is about right. well hello to you in Denver. I'm in Boulder :)

Dec 15, 2014
trolley in Cookware

Can I pipe cream cheese frosting on a cupcake?

sure JudyDenver. I pipe cream cheese frosting all the time. if too runny you can add more powdered sugar. if too stiff you can add a few drops of milk. Are you really in Denver?

Dec 15, 2014
trolley in Cookware

Difference between coconut cream and milk?

I have one teeny tiny asian store in my town. otherwise i have to travel 30 min to one. this is especially difficult for me as i'm asian and lived in Los Angeles for 15 yrs. LA is as Asian as it gets. I like the Trader Joes coconut cream but they have no ETA on it as of last week.

Dec 14, 2014
trolley in General Topics

Difference between coconut cream and milk?

That's so funny! except i didn't have almond flour so i used hazelnut flour. interesting flavor. maybe it's better with almond. i was in favor of the whole "nutella" flavor profile but i think the olive oil may put a bit of a twist on it. maybe it's not the best twist. it's good and does have that nutella flavor tho. it's a very adult cake. interestingly, my 6 year old liked it a lot. more than my husband!!

Dec 14, 2014
trolley in General Topics
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Difference between coconut cream and milk?

I did buy regular coconut milk. Thai Kitchen brand. I put the can in the fridge overnight. When I opened the can today, the whole separation thing that everyone talks of didn't happen. it was still milk. So I whipped it and lo and behold! It became whipped cream. I whipped it a ton and it remained soft but still became a nice cream. It works. Not the best results but acceptable enough to put on top of the Nigella Lawson's Olive Oil Chocolate cake!

Dec 14, 2014
trolley in General Topics

Difference between coconut cream and milk?

I can't seem to find coconut cream. I found coconut milk :(

Dec 14, 2014
trolley in General Topics

Difference between coconut cream and milk?

Is there one? Trader Joe's has run out of their coconut cream for now. I need to make coconut whipped cream for tomorrow. Can I use coconut milk??

Dec 13, 2014
trolley in General Topics

recipe nutrition information?

it may be round about way but there is a feature in the myfitnesspal app (diet and exercise app) that lets you put your own recipes in. as long as you know how many servings it will calculate the basics like calories.

Dec 13, 2014
trolley in General Topics

Girls weekend...night out in Denver

Hi there. this is a really slow board. We're all too busy biking and hiking ;) Or so I'm assuming. I've had a decent group dinner (7 of us) at Acorn. There is work and Class which is great for happy hour and right near is Los Chingones. I hear that's good too but never been. I'm going to Lower48 next week. Let you know if it's fun or not.

Dec 12, 2014
trolley in Mountain States

Gluten-free crackers for cheese course?

Edward and Sons
Almond Nut thins. We like the lightly salted in the light blue box.
Mary's crackers. Favorites are onion and black pepper

Dec 12, 2014
trolley in Special Diets

What are your stovetop oatmeal tricks?

I don't really like steel cut either. i also don't think you can truly compare the two bc even though they're both "oatmeal"they're very different, kind of like rice and quinoa. I also don't like the fussiness and the prep of steel cut. there's too much preparing ahead. however, have you tried the Trader Joe's frozen steel cut oatmeal? now that is really good.

Dec 11, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

What are your stovetop oatmeal tricks?

it tastes "eggy" yes, but, i'm wondering if you could mix it with milk when you add the egg in. Oh, and one more thing, I add vanilla. like a 1/2 tsp or so. it gives it the custardy taste.

Dec 10, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

What are your stovetop oatmeal tricks?

ok, i'm kind of kidding. i ate oatmeal everyday for 4 years and one day I just said enough. Since then I haven't been able to turn back to it. One of the last days of oatmeal, i used to make it with milk and then crack an egg on it. Put a little cinnamon too. It came out like a creamy stove top custard. You can go savory too but I prefer sweet. all a little honey and it's a delicious breakfast with protein.

Dec 10, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking
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What are your stovetop oatmeal tricks?

not making it.

Dec 10, 2014
trolley in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - December 2014 [OLD]

OMG!! what a great idea Ttrockwood for the lemon squeeze. And I like the snacky plate idea. yum yum. I ate half the can for lunch today and promised myself i'd save the other half for tomorrow. no deal. They were in my belly before dinner.

Dec 08, 2014
trolley in Chains
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